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you very much. iran will be one of the biggest challenges for chuck hagel if he is confirmed as the new secretary of defense. hagel had a rough day today at his senate confirmation hearing. the former republican senator's past statements about iran israel, and iraq drew hostile questions, and here's wyatt andrews. >> reporter: republicans charge that, in his 12 years as a senator, chuck hagel was too soft on iran and not supportive of israel. hagel was forced to retract one 2006 comment when he said "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here," meaning congress, a statement that drew questions from senator lindsey graham. >> give me an example of where we've been intimidated by the israeli jewish lobby to do something dumb. regarding the middle east israel, or anywhere else. >> well, i can't give you an example. >> thank you. >> reporter: hagel still rejected the notion he was ever anti-israel. >> we have a special relationship with israel. we always have had. so i never voted in... against israel ever in the 12 years i was in the senate. >> reporter: but the most p
. former republican senator chuck hagel got hammered by fellow republicans during his confirmation hearing. he is still expected to be confirmed, but the white house conceived hagel's appearance could have been stronger. danielle nottingham has this report. >> yes or no. >> reporter: senator john mccain grilled chuck hagel, president obama's defense secretary nominee about his opposition to the troop surge in iraq. >> and your refusal to answer whether you were right or wrong about it is going to have an impact on my judgment as to whether to vote for your confirmation or not. >> reporter: some republicans have said they won't support hagel. he tried to address their concerns. >> i'm on the record many times in speeches and on the floor of the senate and in the book i wrote in 2008 saying iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. >> reporter: hagel served as a senator from nebraska for 12 years. during that time he made controversial remarks about israel that are still under scrutiny. >> give me an example where we've been intimidated by the israeli jewish l
in the senate or they were sort of setting chuck hagel up to say, you better think about withdrawing your name and we'll get on with something else. this just doesn't happen the way it did yesterday. >> so it might be more damage to the possibility of confirmation? >> i don't think he helped himself. i would say that because it seems to me after the white house's kind of tepid reaction they had, it seems to be saying to democrats if this is a hard vote for you, do what you need to do. >> what do you make of john mccain? >> well, this is a very interesting thing. let's not forget that chuck hagel was john mccain's co-chairman, the co-chairman of his national campaign when he ran for president the first time. these were busosum buddies, vietnam veterans and john mccain says this split is about policy and nothing more until we find other evidence i guess we take him at his word but this is a deep breach, i don't think there's a question about that one. >> "face the nation" this sunday who is your guest? >> we'll have roger goodell, the commissioner of professional foo
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